German chancellor Angela Merkel visits Albania

German chancellor Angela Merkel visits Albania

Tirana, 8 July 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

German Chancellor, Angela Merkel visits Tirana on Wednesday and this visit is considered as historical for Albanian authorities. This visit marks the second visit of a German chancellor to Albania, after the visit of Gerhard Schroeder in 1999.

During her five hour stay on Albanian land, Mrs. Merkel will have intensive meetings.

She will be received by PM Edi Rama in an official ceremony and after this ceremony, Rama and Merkel will have a closed door meeting followed by a joint news conference.

PM Rama and chancellor Merkel will participate in the bilateral Economic Conference where they will address the participants with their messages.

Mrs. Merkel’s agenda also includes a meeting with the head of the state, president Bujar Nishani.

According to Albanian authorities, the visit of chancellor Angela Merkel to Tirana is of a special importance, as it makes Albania Europe’s focus once again. The government believes that this high level visit further promotes bilateral relations between Albania and Germany in the political-diplomatic aspect and also in the economic one.

Seen in the context of the Balkan region, Mrs. Merkel’s visit is a continuation of the Berlin process which was launched by the German chancellor. She aims at consolidating the constructive relations being built in the region and aims at preparing the region’s expectations following the Vienna Conference as part of the Berlin process.

Albania-Germany, a 107,5 million Euros agreement

Albania and Germany signed on Monday 6 new financial agreements amounting to 107,5 million Euros.

Albanian Finance Minister, Shkelqim Cani and German ambassador to Tirana, Helmut Hoffman, considered this step as an opportunity for further development of the country in sectors such as energy, water supply, support for farmers and small enterprises.

These agreements were signed ahead of the visit of the German chancellor Angela Merkel to Tirana. /ibna/